With the arrival of the all-new Nissan Z, the brand has come out to explain that it makes use of an unassisted internal combustion engine because fans and prior owners insisted that they did not want any form of electrification in the product.
As Car Expert explains, Hiroshi Tamura, chief product planner for the Z, says the car is fitted with a twin-turbopetrol 3,0-litre V6 because the “customer said so”.
This research was gathered during customer outreach programmes and events such as SEMA where a number of potential customers said they wanted the engine as found in the Infiniti Q50 and Q60 Red Sport. These cars employ the VR30DDTT with a power output of 298 kW and 475 N.m of torque.
This wasn’t just a plug-and-play engine swap though, as the Infiniti Red Sport duo is optionally available as all-wheel drive models and sold exclusively with the seven-speed automatic transmission sourced from Mercedes-Benz.
Certain rumours suggest that the Q60’s production has been put into question due to slow sales and the Q50’s future seems uncertain. If this proves to be true, the Nissan Z will be only car in the Japanese manufacturer’s stable to use the VR30DDTT.
This engine employs an aluminium block with arc sprayed mirror coating to cylinder bores, aluminium cylinder head with integrated exhaust manifold, lightweight resin intake manifold and resin collector and twin-turbos with twin-charge coolers, electronic wastegate actuator and optical turbine speed sensor. It also boasts 24 valves with electronic variable valve timing control and exhaust hydraulic continuously variable valve timing.